Glancing Back and Looking Forward… Again

Here’s an update on the post I did at this time last year. I’m updating rather than writing a new post, because much of 2021 just felt like a continuation of 2020.

Between Christmas and New Year’s, I like to take stock of the past year and predict what the new year might be like. I didn’t do it last year – probably because I was too busy 60-thinging it – but I wanted to make sure I did it this year. And here we are again.

And what a year it was! I think it’s going to be one of those time-defining years – things will be remembered as being “before COVID” or “during COVID” or (hopefully sometime this year) “after COVID”. Ahh, isn’t it cute how optimistic I was?

Things I miss:

  • My weekly visits to see my mom. We would go out for lunch and then go back to the care home and bake muffins to share with the other residents in her “house”. I’m able to visit Mawsy again now, but we don’t go out for lunch for bake muffins yet. And I do a rapid test before going to visit, just to be safe.
  • Band – the Warman Community Band and the Diamond Jazz Band, especially the Christmas music The Warman Community Band started up again in October and it was great to play Christmas music together, even if it was only for ourselves.
  • Choir – the Contemporary Singers from St. Martin’s United Church, again, especially the Christmas music Choir hasn’t started up again yet, but possibly in the New Year it will.
  • Handbells – the St. Martin’s Ringers and the Zodiac Tapestry Ringers, and again, especially the Christmas music Zodiac Tapestry Ringers have started up again and we did play some Christmas music, but again, just for ourselves.
  • Agility Classes with Posey – Although it was because of my other groups shutting down that we were able to start this, it eventually had to shut down as well. Although we both enjoyed it, it didn’t work out to continue it this fall.
  • The monthly CUPE Dolls Breakfast – a group of retired Saskatoon School Board Support Staff that met the first Tuesday of the month at Grainfields. We did some virtual visits and have gotten together for a few breakfasts. Hopefully once Omicron settles down we can meet again.
  • Getting together for drinks or supper out with friends. I’ve been out for a few lunches. I really appreciate when someone else cook for me now.

But as I look back, I realize that despite COVID, 2020 2021 wasn’t all bad.

What’s in store for happened in 2021?

  • I’ve started another quilt, and hope to finish it before spring – this year, not three years from now. Hahaha – such an optimist. Yeah, I’m still working on it.
  • I’m putting out an ebook version of Dear Me: The Widow Letters in January. Done.
  • I’m publishing a new book, as an ebook and in print, called Dear Me: The Mother Letters, hopefully by February. Similar to The Widow Letters, it will be a book of letters written by women to their past selves, but this time rather than women who have been widowed they are women who have experienced the death of a child. Done, and I did a virtual launch for it on Facebook.
  • I’m doing a Decluttering Challenge in January – whatever the number of the day is, that’s how many things I have to recycle or throw away. I’m pretty sure I can last at least a week, but I’m hoping to last the whole month. It would be wonderful to be free of 496 things by the end. Wish me luck! I did it!
  • I want to continue to take free online classes, but not sure what will be next. Yay Coursera! I’m actually doing one through the First Nations University right now called The Four Seasons of Reconciliation.
  • I hope to explore more regional and provincial parks with Lottie this summer. We visited Lucien Lake Regional Park (by Middle Lake), Fish Lake (by Canwood), and of course, Kimball Lake (by Meadow Lake).
  • And I really hope to be able to start visiting my mom again sometime this year! And as I mentioned earlier, I am.
  • I did a bus tour of the Maritimes (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick) with my friend Jo in September. It was wonderful to travel again, and we managed to hit the sweet spot between variants.
  • I added three new birds to my Life List – one in Saskatchewan and two in the Maritimes.
  • I self-published a set of six fractured fairy tales as ebooks – Victims of Vowel Play – so named because each one was written without the use of one of the vowels. For instance, Snow White Plus the Seven Short Guys was written without the letter A. They were a lot of fun to write and illustrate.
  • I had some of the flooring in my condo replaced and had the interior painted. I’m happy with the new brighter look.
  • I got both my COVID vaccinations and my booster. Yay!
  • There’s less of me! I’ve lost 25 lbs since the beginning of October when I joined Noom. It works for me.
  • For a change of pace, I’ve started writing poetry.

So, not a total waste of a year, after all.

So what’s ahead for 2022?

  • In January I’m training to become a volunteer with Prairie Hospice Society.
  • No big trips planned, but hoping to do more birding trips in Saskatchewan. There are still lots of birds here that I don’t have on my Life List yet.
  • I’m doing another Decluttering Challenge this January. Looking forward to less stuff.
  • I have about another 20 lbs that I’d like to lose.
  • I hope COVID will allow lawn bowling to go ahead this year. I’ve wanted to join since trying it out as one of my 60 Things.
  • I’ve signed up for Gentle Yoga and Qigong starting in January. Hope they can go ahead.
  • Finish the quilt!

Happy(er) and Healthy New Year everyone!

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  1. Great photos and Interesting comments
    I will recommend this to the participants of SCWW . It would be an enjoyable experience for us all .
    Thanks for sharing

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